After our internship ended Bevan and I traveled to Mumbai for a few days and met up with two other CASI interns who had been working and living in Bangalore. Over a lovely dinner of Burmese food we discussed our internships and lives for the previous two months. Immediately it became extremely apparent how vastly different […]

Our final days at Samaj Pragati Sahayog were a whirlwind of activity. After an unsuccessful attempt to visit the ancient city of Mandu the previous week, we decided to make the trip on our final Sunday, days before our final presentation. Although it might have led to some late nights finishing up our presentation, the […]

The monsoons have finally arrived and all of the land around us has transformed into a multitude of wonderful shades of green!! When we first arrived to Madhya Pradesh, everything seemed to be a variation of brownish-tan. The fields were dry and dusty, the trees had no leaves, the grasses were yellow and the mountainsides […]

I’ve decided the two things that are really special about SPS are the people and the place. Although sometimes I feel a bit physically isolated out here on the Kendra (we don’t actually have an address as we’re not part of any town and our road doesn’t have a name and doesn’t show up on […]

I can’t believe it, but we’re now almost three weeks through this ten-week adventure! Crazy! After finishing up our orientation last week we discussed possible projects and areas of work with Vijay, one of SPS’s founders. I told him about my interest in SPS’s groundwater initiatives, especially the community groundwater management program. Thus, it was […]

Now that I’ve spent a few days at the Kendra (which translates to ‘center’ and is the informal name for the SPS campus where we live with about 30 other SPS employees and interns), I feel like I’m starting to get a handle on the daily routine. Our days are most easily parceled out by meals times. […]

Hello world! My name is Geneva Gondak and I will be interning at Samaj Pragati Sahyog (SPS), in rural Madhya Pradesh this summer. Over the past week as I said my goodbyes to friends and acquaintances alike, multiple people asked how they could contact me or learn more about what I will be up to […]